Summer Newsletter 2022

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A message from Jo Darbyshire

A message from Jo Darbyshire

Managing Director at LPPA

In this newsletter, we’ve included the usual updates on your pension, along with some inspiration and one or two insights from other members. There’s also a fun quiz to test your pension knowledge.

If you’re ready to get online, there’s a link to a resource page for PensionPoint – our new online portal. Some of you may already have access to the site. Others will be getting an email from us later in the year. And don’t worry, when it’s time to register, we’ll make sure you have everything you need to get started.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter and have a lovely summer.

Your latest pension increases
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

Your latest pension increases

The government has approved the rate of increase for all public service pensions.

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PensionPoint
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

PensionPoint

PensionPoint is our new online portal for members (replacing My Pension Online). You may already have access. If not, you’ll receive an email from us later this year explaining when and how you can register – along with tips on how to log in and navigate the site.

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Member case studies
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

Member case studies

Your pension comes with a number of flexible options. We’ve created some new case studies to show how different members have adjusted their pension to suit their individual circumstances.

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Understanding your annual benefit statement
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

Understanding your annual benefit statement

Get a better understanding of your Annual Benefit Statement by taking a look at our new web page.

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If you are a member of a Firefighters’ Pension Scheme, you might also find this LGA Remedy fact sheet useful when reviewing your annual benefit statement.

LGA fact sheet for firefighters

Moving abroad
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

Moving abroad

Retirement is a time when you can focus on your own wants and needs. You might not be there yet, but it’s always nice to think about the future and where you want to be when the day arrives.

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Pension health check
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

Pension health check

It’s important to keep a check on your pension in the same way you look after your health. Take a look at our tips on how to keep your pension in good shape.

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Latest Remedy information
  • Fire
  • Police

Latest Remedy information

If you are a member of a Police or Firefighters’ Pension Scheme, we appreciate that you may have questions on the age discrimination rulings relating to your pension. While we don’t have all the answers, we are working closely with the relevant authorities to get you the most accurate information.

For the latest updates, visit the Remedy pages on our website.

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How do you pay into a Local Government Pension Scheme? 

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Can you take part of your Local Government Pension as a lump sum? 

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What is a ‘deferred’ member of a Local Government Pension Scheme? 

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Can you choose to increase your Local Government Pension Scheme contributions? 

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Can you reduce your LGPS contributions without opting out of the scheme? 

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How old do you have to be to start taking your Local Government Pension? 

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Can you transfer your Local Government Pension if you leave your job? 

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Do you pay tax on a Local Government Pension? 

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What is a death grant (in relation to your Local Government Pension Scheme)? 

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Neil Lewins

Technical Officer

We recently caught up with one of our LPPA technical experts, Neil Lewins, to find out what it’s like to work here at LPPA and what pension insights he can share with us.

What do you get asked about the most when it comes to pensions?

The biggest topic in terms of queries are AVC’s at retirement as well as changes affecting defined contributions pension schemes.

How long have you been working for LPPA? 

I have worked for LPPA since inception, I think of myself as ‘Trigger’s broom’, I have been working for the same organisation as it has changed from GLG to ILEA to LRB to LPFA to LPP to LPPA.

What would you say is the biggest mistake people make about pensions?

For some people, it's not having access to all the information they need to understand their pension scheme. All details about the scheme can be found through the LPPA website and employers. Often, we will receive relatively short notice from an employer, that a member is retiring. The more notice given to us, the better as it allows for any corrections to be made, if needed.

What does your role as a Technical Officer involve?

The role involves understanding new and amendments made to the LG, Fire or Police regulations as well as wider pension industry like HMRC, DWP, tPR. I need to make sure changes are passed onto relevant teams and clients. I work closely with Julie who is the Technical Manager and together we also provide technical responses to team members for queries that haven't been raised previously. We keep a query log and we also produce FAQ documents, action forms and technical bulletin updates. We are also heavily involved with the Annual Allowance process each year too.

What are the key developments happening in pensions at the moment?

McCloud/age discrimination, increase to the Normal Minimum Pension age from 55 to 57 in 2028, but also we need to be aware of the Pension Regulator consolidated code of practice, which is due out later this year.

How have pensions and the pension industry changed during your time at LPPA?

If I am thinking my whole career, when I started it was full time employees only, no right to opt out and a much smaller number of employers (no academies).

Some people find pensions can be complicated - why do you think this is?

Any one of the individual schemes are relatively straight forward, however the complexity is due to the history of scheme changes and the need to be aware of the regulations that relate to service/pay at different points in recent history. 

Everything you need to know about nominating a beneficiary
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

Everything you need to know about nominating a beneficiary

If you haven’t nominated your lump sum beneficiary, this article explains how it all works.

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Member training
  • LG
  • Fire
  • Police

Member training

We want to help you get a better understanding of how your pension works, so why not sign up for one of our free training sessions.

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